Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, annoyed because he felt Macron had slighted Central European nations in an interview, noted that the meeting Thursday in Brussels was Macron's first EU summit.
At her first EU summit since a June 8 election sapped her authority to set the terms of Brexit, May said: "I'm going to be setting out some of the UK's plans, particularly on how we propose to protect the rights of EU citizens and United Kingdom citizens as we leave the European Union".
She added, "That's been an important issue, we've wanted it to be one of the early issues that was considered in the negotiations, that is now the case, that work is starting".
"For us it's not a question of generosity, it's a question of continuity and fairness", Stefaan De Rynck, a senior aide to chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, said at a seminar in Brussels.
Still, it's a role reversal for Britain, which had been buoyed by strong growth in recent times - even after the momentous vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the EU. I find it hard to believe the European Union will want to spend the next two years trying to impose tariffs and other barriers to its trade with us, while staying compliant with WTO rules.
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They were briefed by Michel Barnier, who launched the Brexit negotiations for them on Monday, and discussed the move of two European Union agencies from London after Britain quits. "I hope obviously that we will come to some form of continued membership or relation with the internal market, with the customs union".
Over coffee at the end of dinner on the first day of the European Union summit, May will address the other 27 leaders and describe "principles" of her plan to give early guarantees to some three million people living in Britain who come from other countries in the bloc.
The EU is not so keen, as it seems to think this offers it some leverage over the UK.
The Belgian leader insisted the Brexit negotiations should proceed apace without fanciful distractions. "I look forward to working closely with you during this negotiation", EU negotiator Barnier said, as quoted by the press service of the European Commission, the EU's executive.
Iain Dale has labelled EU leaders a "absolute disgrace" for the way they have reacted to Britain's decision to leave the European Union.
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Brussels has been dismissive of May's call for sweeping and quick guarantees for expats, including over a million Britons on the continent, and says only detailed legal texts can reassure and take account of complex, multinational family situations.
The discussions set to take place this month will mostly focus on three major aspects - citizens' rights, financials and other issues related to the separation process.
Britain is "very conscious of how they will use that time sequence to pressure us, and we'll avoid that at every turn", Davis told ITV on May 14.
"In the first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues".
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Varela pointed to the "long relationship" between the USA and Panama and said "we face the same challenges in the region". I suppose we should be thankful he didn't praise Varela for their rousing Van Halen national anthem.
In his words, after talks are held on citizens' rights, the single financial settlement, and the question of the borders (in particular in Ireland), the European Council, which consists of the leaders of all EU member states, is to decide on whether sufficient progress has been achieved.